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Deceased surveyor's understudy to run for job

Jackson County's deputy surveyor Scott Fein will throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for county surveyor in the November election.

His decision to become a candidate follows the death of former surveyor Kerry Bradshaw, who crashed his car July 16 along the 1000 block of Wilson Road in Central Point. At 62 years old, Bradshaw had held his post since 2008 and was re-elected for another four-year term in May.

"Kerry would have expected me to step up," Fein, 32, said. "I really do feel an obligation. It's something that I want to do."

Fein stepped into Bradshaw's role following his boss's death.

Fein said he will submit his name Monday the first day candidates are allowed to file.

The filing period will run through Aug. 28. The Nov. 6 election winner will serve a four-year term starting January 2013 and ending December 2016.

Fein has worked in the Jackson County Surveyor's Office since 2006, starting under previous county surveyor Roger Roberts. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and a professional certificate in geomatics engineering from Oregon State University.

Raised in Long Island, N.Y., he lives near Howard Prairie Lake.

He said the office still is providing the same level of service, which includes maintaining the physical markers that serve as corners to property boundaries throughout the county and reviewing maps and plats.

The interim surveyor, who described Bradshaw as a kind and knowledgeable boss, said it's been a difficult week for the office.

"You see him for 40 hours a week, then one day (he's) gone. It's just a reality check," Fein said. "The guy touched a lot of people."

For more information about being considered as a county surveyor candidate, see www.co.jackson.or.us.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.